According to Josh Grossberg at E! Online, Russell Crowe‘s reached a settlement with Nestor Estrada, the Mercer Hotel employee off of whose
forehead face Crowe wrathfully bounced a phone in June. The New York Daily News reportedly reports that Crowe will be shelling out something in the low six-figure range in order to avoid being prosecuted.
Over at the LA Times, John Horn has a piece on the growing market for ringtones of dialogue or sound effects from films, and how struggling Hollywood’s been looking that way for more income, no matter how measly.
Now, imagine: instead of petulantly tossing one of the hotel’s telephones at Mr. Estrada’s unguarded noggin, Crowe prepares to hurl his celly. Just as he takes aim at Estada’s
brow cheek, the phone rings, sharing with the pair the follow life-affirming quote from Crowe’s Oscar-nominated turn in Ron Howard’s John Nash biopic "A Beautiful Mind": "Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart." The pair are moved to tears, and hug. The whole sordid incident is avoided, and for the month of June the papers, lacking any scandalous stories, are forced to run food essays by David Foster Wallace instead.